For more information about Preservation Parks of Delaware County or to register for a program, call 740-524-8600, extension 3. The offices of Preservation Parks are at 2656 Hogback Road in Sunbury.
The Winter 2014 edition of Golden Marathon, a program of Preservation Parks and Senior Citizens Inc., kicks off Jan. 6, with a one- to two-mile hike for older adults. Hikes are held nearly every Monday in various Preservation Parks preserves and other outdoor venues in central Ohio; by the end of each three-month hiking series, participants will have walked about 26.2 miles - a marathon. However, walkers can join anytime and can complete as many hikes, or as few, as they wish.
All winter hikes, January through March, are held at Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway (walkers meet in the Food Court). However, if the predicted high for each day is 40 degrees or higher, the hikes are held in the parks.
Call Saundra McBrearty at 740-524-8600, ext. 6, or visit www.preservationparks.com, and click on each Monday in the calendar, for more information.
* 2014 New Year's Day hike, 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1. Preservation Parks'newest park, Shale Hollow Preserve, 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, will be the location. The hike will be led by volunteer Len Fisher of Lewis Center. After the walk, hikers can warm up in the McKay Lodge with hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies.